Quintessential North India

10 Days : Delhi > Delhi

  • Delhi
  • Jaipur
  • Agra
  • Orchha
  • Khajuraho
  • Varanasi

Quintessential North India

Trip Code: AITQTN

Superior: AU$4,105 per person twin share

Deluxe: AU$5,040 per person twin share

Prices are valid until 30 September 2024, excluding the Christmas / New Year period.

Please contact us for a detailed itinerary and current prices.

Price includes:

  • Double / twin room with breakfast in all places
  • Transport by air conditioned car with English speaking driver
  • English speaking guides in Delhi, Jaipur, Agra, Orchha, Khajuraho and Varanasi
  • Overnight train from Varanasi to Delhi in 2AC sleeper with bedding provided
  • Elephant / jeep ride at Amber Fort
  • Boat ride in Varanasi
  • Sound and Light show at Khajuraho
  • Rickshaw ride in Old Delhi
  • Assistance on arrival and departure at airports and railway stations
  • 24 hour support through our local representative offices
  • Complimentary mineral water in the vehicle
  • All land and vehicle taxes

Not Included:

  • Entrance and camera fees at monuments and sightseeing places
  • Lunch and dinner
  • Tips, porterage, drinks and items of a personal nature
  • Internal flight Khajuraho – Varanasi approx AUD$130 per person
  • Peak season surcharges Nov 10-18, Dec 20– Jan 10, Dec 24 and Dec 31 Gala Events

Superior hotels to be used:

Delhi – Almondz Hotel

Jaipur – Shahpura House

Agra – Mansingh Palace

Orchha – Amar Mahal

Khajuraho – Taj Chandela

Varanasi – Meradon

Based on availability – if these are not available, hotels in the same category will be provided.

Deluxe hotels used:

Delhi – The Hans

Agra – Marina

Jaipur – Alsisar Haweli – Deluxe room

Orchha – Amar Mahal – Suite room

Khajuraho – Radisson

Varanasi – Radisson

Based on availability – if these are not available, hotels in the same category will be provided.


  • Introduction

    This 10-day trip across what is the Hindi heartland of India presents a fascinating historical and cultural cross section of North India – modern Delhi, regal Jaipur, Mughal Agra, erotic Khajuraho, and sacred Varanasi.

    Starting in modern and ancient New and Old Delhi, followed by Jaipur with its royal overtures, the pinnacle of the Mughal style with the Taj Mahal in Agra, the ‘stuccoed Karma Sutra’ of the temples at Khajuraho, and finally the living temple of the Ganga in Varanasi – this trip will give you a snapshot of the various influences that have been brought to bear on the people and culture of the Gangetic plain over the past 1000 years.

  • Day 1 Delhi

    Delhi, India’s capital of around 14 million people – half of whom appear to have come to the airport for your arrival – is a colourful, busy, chaotic city packed with museums, art galleries, historic sites, shops and bazaars. On arrival you will be met and transferred to your hotel.

  • Day 2 Delhi

    Believed to have been founded around the 3rd century BC, Delhi is one of the oldest and most fought over cities in India. In fact, it has been rebuilt out of ruins at least seven times. Among the principal sights are India’s largest mosque Jama Masjid, Gandhi’s simple memorial Raj Ghat, the chaotic shopping street of Chandni Chowk, the lotus shaped modern Baha’i temple, and the towering observatory Qutb Minar.

  • Day 3 Jaipur

    This morning depart for Jaipur, a 6 hour drive away. The capital of Rajasthan is washed in pink – the colour associated with auspiciousness and Rajput hospitality.

    Spend the afternoon walking through some of the many bazaars of the old city, with a stop (or two) in search of the perfect lassi and kulfi (buttermilk ice cream).

  • Day 4 Jaipur

    Today a local guide will give you a sense of Jaipur’s regal history, which is evident throughout this charismatic city – from its hilltop forts and city palaces, to its broad avenues, and to its former ruler’s fascination for all things astronomical.

    Late afternoon free for relaxing at your heritage hotel or head out shopping for Jaipur’s folk-based arts and crafts.

  • Day 5 Agra

    Morning drive 6 hours to Agra, via the deserted city of Fatehpur Sikri. Built in the late 16th century, but abandoned shortly after completion, it is in a particularly well-preserved state.  After a short tour, continue on to Agra.

  • Day 6 Orchha

    Rise early for a dawn visit to the magnificent Taj Mahal. Following breakfast, visit Agra Fort, where a guide will fill you in on Agra’s intriguing and ruthless royal past, as well as the Fort’s innovative architectural features.

    After this visit depart for Orchha, a 5 hour drive.

  • Day 7 Khajuraho

    This morning visit the temples and cenotaphs at Orchha before commencing the 4 hour drive to Khajuraho, arriving mid-afternoon. The famously erotic temples of Khajuraho – beautiful physical manifestations of the images conjured up by the Karma Sutra – are one of India’s gifts to the world. In the evening enjoy a sound and light show at the main temple complex.

  • Day 8 Varanasi

    This morning visit Khajuraho’s western group of temples with a local guide. In the afternoon board a flight to Varanasi – one of the most sacred cities for Hindus. In the early evening go to the main ghat for the daily ‘Aarti’ ritual, a beautiful sight for visitors and a sacred ceremony for Hindus, which your local guide will help you to understand.

  • Day 9 Varanasi

    Take an early morning boat ride on the River Ganges. After breakfast, visit the local temples and the town of Sarnath, famous as the location of Buddha’s first sermon.

    In the evening board a train for the overnight trip back to Delhi.

  • Day 10 Delhi

    Arrive Delhi this morning and transfer to the airport for international flight departure or to onward Indian destination for further travel.

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